George Knottesford Fortescue (1847-1914)

Jose Mora

Meserve-Kunhardt Foundation

Meserve-Kunhardt Foundation
Pleasantville, United States

Born in England, actor George K. Fortescue made his U.S. debut in Boston at age 16. His most famous role was Catherine in Rice’s “Evangeline,” a part Fortescue performed for 20 consecutive years. In this photo, the camera draws attention to his elaborate coiffure: studded with birds and flowers, it epitomized the excesses of Victorian hairdressers.


  • Title: George Knottesford Fortescue (1847-1914)
  • Creator: Jose Mora
  • Location: New York, New York
  • Physical Dimensions: Carte-de-visite (albumen), 4" x 2 1/2"
  • Provenance: The Meserve-Kunhardt Foundation
  • Subject Keywords: Cross-dressers
  • Type: Photograph
  • Date: ca. 1875

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